Introduction to Spectropolarimetry

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April 2003



Spectropolarimetry embraces the most complete and detailed measurement and analysis of light, as well as its interaction with matter. This book provides an introductory overview of the subject because it is playing an increasingly important role in modern solar observations. Chapters include a comprehensive description of the polarization state of polychromatic light and its measurement; an overview of astronomical polarimetry; and the formation of spectral lines in the presence of a magnetic field. The text is a valuable reference for graduates and researchers in astrophysics, solar physics and optics.


Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Historical introduction; 2. A review of some basic concepts; 3. The polarization properties of quasi-monochromatic light; 4. Linear optical systems acting on polarized light; 5. Solar polarimetry; 6. Absorption and dispersion; 7. The radiative transfer equation; 8. The RTE in the presence of a magnetic field; 9. Solving the radiative transfer equation; 10. Stokes spectrum diagnostics; 11. Inversion of the RTE; Index.


Jose Carlos del Toro Iniesta is a Tenure Scientist at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia in Spain.

EAN: 9780521818278
ISBN: 0521818273
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2003
Seitenanzahl: 244 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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